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Current news and updates.
- Happy New Year to you all!
- Our regular worship and church life continues online in midweek and Sunday evening, led by Rev Lynn and the Ministry Team using Zoom software. These include morning and evening prayer and are still on most days of the week. Click here for details. Please contact Rev Lynn if you would like to join us, there is no requirement to live within our benefice, you would be most welcome! With our now having services in both in church and online on Zoom, we have become a “hybrid” church – a church that recognises that it is the being together that counts, more than where you are sitting, to worship God.
The draft vision for the On The Way process is now available. This process is looking at how the Church will exist in South East Cornwall over the next decade. If you would like to share your ideas on how it can be implemented across the Deanery please do email Revd Lynn. Please note the Steering Group are not looking for opinions on the vision, but practical ideas for making these changes happen. The key elements are:
Community engagement – to be available – to respond to their needs – to use our churches in a wider sense – to be generous and open for occasional offices – to promote the work of the church and the many excellent things that are done in God’s name.
Reaching out to families
- to be welcoming & inclusive
- to be creative in serving and worship
Taking faith seriously
- Our discipleship
- Growing in our faith
- Learning about our faith
- Witness – sharing our faith with others
Read the full On The Way Vision – click here
- You can also find out more about On the Way on the Diocesan website here that includes a video from Bishop Philip.
- Bishop Philip recently gave a very pertinent Presidential Address at the recent Diocesan Synod meeting where he shared his vision of the Church in Cornwall. Read it in full here.
- Our monthly newsletter can be read/downloaded here.
- The next Messy Church at St Germans Priory will be in the New Year – details to follow
- Pub theology continues online……click here for details, now moved to Monday evening, monthly, starting from June 7th.
- Other events can be found below ‘Pub theology’
- Covid restrictions – we are currently reviewing our policies in the light of the omicron variant. We are mindful of the government emphasis on all of us taking care of our own well being and safety. Our policies are designed to respect those in our congregations who are more vulnerable, and those who wish to continue with the restrictions. Mindful of the anxieties from our congregation and visitors, the churches have a responsibility to support public health. We will therefore continue to strongly encourage all our visitors to wear face coverings, sanitise hands and register with the Test and Trace system when visiting or worshiping.
- In addition, our worship patterns will remain the same. We may experiment with singing of hymns, but with masks, which may be uncomfortable.
- Holy Communion will continue to be in one kind (the bread) only. We will continue to remain in our seats for the sharing of the peace.
- We will continue our strict cleaning regimes.
- All our churches are open to visitors as places of interest, prayer and reflection.
- We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and may change our advice as deemed necessary.
There are many options for worship and prayer online….
Or you could still listen to one of the many radio options – Radio 4, Radio Cornwall offer services on a Sunday around 8am.
Or you could look at: Church of England website that now has more services to join – or at many churches and cathedrals up and down the country who have other offerings
A very good resource is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
Browse a whole range of prayers you can choose from to read – or listen to:
Or using your computer, tablet or phone (as you prefer) and from your web browser access morning and evening prayer using this link:
Click here and choose what you need.
To read or hear the prayer for today, click on this link: http://cofe.io/TodaysPrayer
Browse around the various pages and you’re sure to find something that interests you.
Alternatively download an App for your tablet or phone. Church House Publishing or provide a number of these Apps and these can be downloaded from https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer
Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:
In the Parish: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230676 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)
In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351
Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300
In an emergency situation:
Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116
Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131
Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters
Curate: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke
Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Rosemary Stevenson
Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters, Matt Frost
For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, Rev Laura Bushell-Hawke
Messy Church: Evelyn Reed
For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Rosemary Stevenson
For Safeguarding: Rev Laura Bushell-Hawke
Pastoral Visitors Team: Pat Paxton
Parish Giving Scheme: Paul Gribble
Finances: the Treasurer, Paul Gribble
Electoral Roll: Rosemary Stevenson
Enquiries about individual churches:
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
Tideford: Evelyn Reed
Deanery Synod Reps: David Watters, Rosemary Stevenson and Paul Gribble
Cashiers: Peter Daw – St Germans; Tim Pullin – Downderry; Hugh Parker – Tideford and Fiona Bristow – Hessenford.
Additional PCC Members from May 2020
Tim Pullin, Stephen Guffick, Tilly Thompson, Yvonne Byles, Hugh Parker, Susan Booth, Dawn Couling, Fiona Bristow, and Bill Woods.
The St Germans Priory Trust: www.stgermanspriory.info
Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford: http://www.hessenford.net
‘At the heart of Christmas’ is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021. Local churches all over the country will be welcoming their communities – onsite and online – to celebrate and share the good news of Christ’s birth with special services and events, supported by a wide range of national resources and support.
In 2020, many of us experienced a Christmas when so many of the ways we traditionally mark the season were suddenly denied to us. This year, of course, we hope and pray that many of the familiar experiences that help Christmas come alive return to our homes, our churches and communities. But whatever else December brings, it will offer us an opportunity to enter more deeply into the joyful mystery that lies at its heart: God becoming human in the birth of Jesus Christ.
Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John read at so many Christmas services, At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus. It is also a challenge to each of us to ponder in our hearts – as Mary did – what the extraordinary events of the first Christmas might mean for us now and in the years ahead.
At the heart of Christmas is a deliberately simple and open theme – one that can be used to invite our communities to share in celebrating the good news of Christmas in a whole variety of ways, whatever the prevailing circumstances.
Reflections: There will be 12 Stories and Meditations from Justin Welby, Stephen Cottrell and guests where they will share personal stories exploring themes close to the heart of Christmas. Starting on Christmas Eve and continuing daily (Monday to Saturday) until the Epiphany (6 January), these reflections will help you make space for that exploration. On each of the twelve days, a different contributor will share something that lies close to the heart of Christmas for them, bringing the theme to life through a mixture of personal story, Bible reading, reflection and questions to ponder. These reflections will be available via the app and a Church House Publishing Booklet.
National Online Services: In collaboration with a range of Christian charities and organisations, there will be online services for the Sundays of Advent and Christmas. They will all be broadcast on the Church of England’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
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~ News and Events in the Parish ~
We are starting to reintroduce our public events, whilst some continue online.
St Nic’s Lunches
Much progress has been made by Sandra Pearce and her team towards getting the lunches going again. The next events are:
As always, no charge, but donations welcome.
Christmas lunch – 15th December – fully booked
Valentine’s lunch – 9th February – details to follow
Zoom Pub Theology
Now running monthly
A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.
After a short introduction of 5 minutes (or more), the conversation is open.
Meet via Zoom from 7.30 – 8.30pm first Monday of the month, starting June 7th
Topics: TBA….please let Richard have any suggestions
For a Zoom link or enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Events at St Germans Priory Church
Events to follow.
Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)
The parish address for email is:
email@example.com (main contact)
St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services
If you are able, please consider a donation to help the work of the church in our community by clicking on the logo:
Details of our services are given below.
Our online services continue, details also below.
We are continuing to practice social distancing, wearing of masks, hand sanitising etc., respecting those in our congregations who are more vulnerable.
Please refer to main page for further details.
All services are at 10am unless otherwise noted
|1st Sunday||2nd January||Sheviock||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Epiphany||2nd January||Downderry||Morning Prayer at 10am|
|2nd January||Online||Worship at 7pm|
|2nd Sunday||9th January||St Germans||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Baptism of Christ||9th January||Antony||BCP Morning Prayer at 10am|
|9th January||Online||Worship at 7pm|
|3rd Sunday||16th January||Downderry||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Epiphany 2||16th January||Sheviock||Morning Prayer at 10am|
|16th January||Online||Worship at 7pm|
|4th Sunday||23rd January||Antony||BCP Holy Communion at 10am|
|Epiphany 3||23rd January||St Germans||Morning Prayer at 10am|
|Week of Christian Unity||23rd January||Online||Worship at 7pm|
|5th Sunday||30th January||Downderry||10 am Details to follow|
|30th January||Online||Worship at 7pm|
Regular weekday services:
|Every Tuesday||10am||Tideford||Holy Communion|
|Every Thursday||10am||Hessenford||Morning Prayer|
Our online services are as below:
|Mondays||7pm||Evening or Night prayer|
|Thursdays||7pm||Evening or Night prayer|
|Saturdays||7pm||Evening or Night prayer|
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All our churches are now open for private prayer.
A good resource for prayers and services is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:
- the Archdeaconry of Bodmin (est. 1878): includes Deaneries of Trigg Minor and Bodmin, East Wivelshire, Stratton, Trigg Major, and West Wivelshire
- the Archdeaconry of Cornwall: includes Deaneries of St Austell, Carnmarth North, Carnmarth South, Kerrier, Penwith, Powder and Pydar
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
St Germans Group Parish PCC as from February 2020
Permanent members of the PCC
The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker
LayChair – Rosemary Stevenson
Secretary – Evelyn Reed
Treasurer – Paul Gribble
Paul Gribble and Bill Woods
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels Cashiers: Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling. Cashier: Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed. Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford: Hugh Parker. Cashier: Peter Daw
Deanery Synod Reps:
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods